Add T-Mobile to the ever-growing list of companies speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage in Washington state.
Bellevue Patch cites company officials who said that the cell phone network will contribute $25,000 to Washington United For Marriage (WUM), which is currently working to pass the state’s Referendum 74, which would affirm the legislatively-backed law that legalizes same-sex marriage.
“T-Mobile has a long-standing focus on creating an inclusive workplace environment for our employees,” Jim Alling, T-Mobile’s interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer is quoted by Bellevue Patch as saying in a statement. “Our support of this issue is a reflection of our culture, how we do business, and our belief in the fair and equitable treatment of all employees
via T-Mobile Supports Gay Marriage In Washington State: Cell Network Donates To Advocacy Group.
CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has made a high-profile endorsement of same-sex marriage, pledging $2.5 million to support a referendum that would make such marriages legal in Washington state.
With the gift, Bezos, who made the pledge with his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, has weighed into the increasingly rancorous debate around the issue, exemplified by the hubbub over the past week around Chick-fil-A, whose CEO, Dan Cathy, recently voiced his support of the “traditional family” and the “Bibical definition of the family unit,” though he never addressed same-sex marriage by name.
The pledge comes as Referendum 74, as it’s known, has faced opposition from groups like Preserve Marriage Washington. However, a June poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 51% of Washington voters believed same-sex marriage should be legal compared to 42% who thought it should be illegal.
Amazon’s Bezos Pledges $2.5 Million to Support Same-Sex Marriage.